Jakarta – Bowo Hits New Low, Disses Stricken Fire Victims!


After the ‘Crying Cleric’ episode, with a fanatic Islamist songster seeking to turn the Jakarta gubernatorial election into a grubby sectarian slug-fest, incumbent Fauzi Bowo has himself hit a new nadir in contemptibly callous  campaigning.

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It’s hard to believe any candidate for any office would go out of his way to be totally obnoxious, but FB has certainly succeeded in so doing, as this extract from the Jakarta Globe shows.

Incumbent Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo may be in hot water over a seemingly off-the-cuff statement made during a meeting with the hundreds left homeless by Monday’s massive blaze in Central Jakarta.
During a visit with the victims of Monday’s fire in Karet Tengsin, Fauzi told the now-homeless residents that they should consider rebuilding their homes elsewhere if he didn’t have their support in his election campaign.

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  • The Objects of Bowo’s Contempt
  • “Who will you vote for?” Fauzi asked the victims. “If you’re voting for Jokowi, [then] just build [your new houses] in Solo.”

His statement was caught on tape by a reporter from BeritaSatu TV and uploaded to YouTube.

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I just watched it – the man’s inhumanity is truly sickening!  Promising help whilst playing politics shamelessly.

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An election monitoring group said on Thursday that Fauzi’s comment was in violation of election regulations.
“There are three violations in this case,” Jeirry Sumampow, coordinator of the Indonesian Voters Committee, said. “The first is that he campaigned before campaigning time. Secondly, he abused his power as he visited the victims as the governor but campaigned for himself during the visit. The third is he said something bad about the other candidate.”

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    • Irama ‘Muslims need the FPI!’

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  • I was a bit concerned that Rhoma Irama, a popular dangdut star, with a background in bigotry that would be more at home in the KKK Hall of Fame, might have managed to transform this election into a sectarian circus. He is a notorious sympathiser of the IslamoNazi FPI and is on record as endorsing the suppression of religious liberty, urging a ban on the minority Ahmadiyah creed here.

Jakartans have been curious to see which way the Muslim Brotherhood clone-party, the PKS, would jump. They came third in the first round but have yet to recommend how their fans should vote in the second round, due on September 11th.

  • PKS’ Anis Matta, Fan of Mass-Murderer Osama
  • The PKS are rancid bigots, their Secretary General, Anis Matta, overtly enthusiastic about mass-murderer Osama Bin Laden, but they are no fools, and might have thrown tactical support to Jokowi, with a view to cutting deals later.

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After Irama’s Islamist rant, however, they have clearly come under pressure to fall in line and oppose Jokowi, whose running-mate, Ahok, is a Christian.  Whether their voters would abide by such recommendation, of course, is another matter. Ahok was previously an elected representative elsewhere, in a 90% Muslim area, but had huge support because he was honest.

We must wait and see. However…

With Fauzi Bowo exposed as an insensitive, opportunistic ratbag, eager to exploit for political advantage the suffering of fellow-citizens who have lost just about everything in a terrible fire, Jakarta may finally be ready to clean out trash and elect honest leaders who care about something besides self-aggrandisment, political or otherwise.

UPDATE Given a chance to explain or apologise, Bowo (Kompas.com. yesterday) said “I do not need to respond to the incident. No comment whatsoever.”.

Admirable, yeah?